On Wednesday, details of a meeting among Boston Red Sox players and members of the ownership group was the hot topic of the day—in more ways than one.
Yahoo! Sports baseball writer Jeff Passan revealed through anonymous sources that several Red Sox players, a group that included Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez, met with owners on an off-day on July 26 to discuss their dissatisfaction with current manager Bobby Valentine.
Passan went on to say that the discussion "turned ugly almost immediately" after the meeting started at the Palace Hotel shortly after 2 p.m. that day.
Pedroia did confirm that the meeting took place, but told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that he was not of the belief that Valentine should be fired.
"I don't think Bobby should be fired," Pedroia said. "Listen, we haven't played well. I mean, that's the bottom line. I'm not going to blame anything on Bobby, and I don't think anyone else is. It's on the players. Last year wasn't on Tito [Francona]. I know he took it hard. We all did. I mean, jeez. It's on the players."
While Pedroia is correct in that it's on the players to do the jobs, the players can't be fired. Sure, GM Ben Cherington could work on maybe getting some of the under-performing players out of Dodge, aka Boston, but in baseball, it's always the manager that falls on the sword.
It almost seems inevitable at this point that Valentine is looking at a one-and-done deal.
With that mind, here is a list of potential managerial candidates who could replace Valentine at season's end.